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Rays designate reliever Bell for assignment; promote Karns from AAA

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Karns, who was acquired in an off-season trade with Washington, joined the team on Sunday. Karns, who was acquired in an off-season trade with Washington, joined the team on Sunday.
Bell came to the Rays from Arizona in December. Bell came to the Rays from Arizona in December.
NEW YORK, NY (WFLA) - Relief pitcher Heath Bell has been cut by the Tampa Bay Rays in a costly move for a normally thrifty team.

Needing a fresh long man in the bullpen, the Rays recalled right-hander Nathan Karns from Triple-A Durham and designated Bell for assignment before Sunday's series finale against the New York Yankees.

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Bell, a three-time All-Star, was 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances for the Rays after they acquired the right-hander from Arizona in December as part of a three-team trade that also included Cincinnati. Tampa Bay still owes him about $4.5 million this season.

Karns was scheduled to start Sunday for Durham, so he provides protection if the Rays need more than a couple of innings from a reliever.

Tampa Bay played a doubleheader Thursday in Boston and a 14-inning game Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

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